Pennsylvania has had the third-most Bigfoot sightings in the U.S. But those sightings aren’t what’s fueling Sasquatch-mania in The Keystone State. It’s about the process and those who take part in it are hunting for more than just Bigfoot. Meanwhile, a debt collector is hunting for unpaid bills from Crozer-Keystone patients in the region. But in one woman’s case, the debt was already paid and she may not be alone. Finally, we look back at the life of New Jersey GOP leader and cranberry magnate J. Garfield DeMarco. His fortune and influence touched many, but in the end he lost it all.

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What did you do this weekend? Did it involve hiking through Pennsylvania woods, howling into the darkness while waiting for something to howl back (here’s what that sounds like)? If so, you must be on the hunt for Bigfoot. In The Keystone State, you aren’t alone.

It turns out that Pennsylvania is the third best state in the nation for a Sasquatch sighting. In fact, no county in America had more sightings in February and March than Westmoreland, east of Pittsburgh.

Inquirer reporter Jason Nark took a deep dive into Pennsylvania’s community of Bigfoot believers. While their shared mission is to find the elusive beast, they also cherish the camaraderie and the process.

J. Garfield DeMarco rose to become a prominent Republican party boss in Burlington County. But his fall from grace — and fortune — came into public view when he died last month. DeMarco was 80.

DeMarco managed one of the largest cranberry operations in the country, amassing wealth while sitting on the Ocean Spray board of directors. His nickname: God. Over the years, he masked his deteriorating finances to keep up an image that aligned with that moniker.

At DeMarco’s funeral, he was praised for his generosity, intellect, political skills, and devilish sense of fun. But his richly detailed obituary contained a jarring but telling detail.

Hospitals commonly hand off delinquent patient accounts to debt collectors as a final attempt to recoup unpaid bills. Crozer-Keystone Health System recently did so with a batch of unpaid patient accounts. The problem: some might have already been paid.

Judy Politzer’s bill was among the batch. She settled a disputed colonoscopy bill with Crozer, but it still wound up with debt collector EOS CCA. When asked about Politzer’s account, Crozer refused to comment on whether administrators were concerned other accounts may have been wrongly passed on to EOS.

My colleague Sarah Gantz rounded up tips from billing specialists, patient advocates and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to help you if your bill winds up in the hands of a debt collector.

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Darryl McCray, better known by his tagging name "Cornbread" visits Graffiti Pier, in Philadelphia, PA on June 7, 2019. Cornbread, of Philadelphia, is credited as being the first modern graffiti artist.
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Darryl McCray, better known by his tagging name "Cornbread" visits Graffiti Pier, in Philadelphia, PA on June 7, 2019. Cornbread, of Philadelphia, is credited as being the first modern graffiti artist.

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Cornbread, a pioneer in Philly’s graffiti scene took a walk down memory lane with reporter Cassie Owens, reminiscing about the iconic Grafitti Pier while wondering about its future.